Author Archives: Leslie Morris

Seattle’s Thrive Cafe | Triumph Dining Review

freshrolls_menu-e1383983059351-1024x678I stumbled upon this gem in Seattle’s Roosevelt District while on that previously mentioned business trip. Seattle, by the way, is a huge foodie city. And it’s green, too, in more ways than one.

Thrive’s menu has something for everyone, especially if you have extreme food allergies. They serve whole foods and those without soy, dairy, gluten, corn, eggs and peanuts. This place serves up some great vegetarian chow in the Pacific Northwest. Click to continue reading »

Trophy Cupcakes | Triumph Dining Review

Trophy-Cupcakes-and-Party2I woke up Monday morning in Seattle, a beautiful, foodie city. After a crazy morning of meetings I found myself at Trophy Cupcakes in the University District and looking at a beautiful three-tier display of gluten-free goodies.

While the Seattle-based cupcake shop does not have a dedicated gluten-free baking facility, they do take general preventative measures to prevent cross-contamination. So, be careful if and when you go.

Each day they feature three gluten-free cupcakes amidst their lineup of regular cupcakes. Yesterday I found Red Velvet, Chocolate Vanilla and Cherries Jubilee

Trophy was founded in 2007 by Jennifer Shea and her husband Michael Williamson. Jennifer is a life-long baker and party-maker, winning accolades as early as age eight, in the form of 4-H blue ribbons for her grandma’s pumpkin roll.

The storefront is adorable and Jennifer bakes with European chocolate, Madagascar bourbon vanilla and local sweet cream butter. They are finished with hand-piped buttercream, rich French sprinkles and happy decorations.

Their other Seattle locations are Wallingford Center, Pacific Place, Century Link Field and The Bravern.

I carried a box home with me on the plane and the TSA agent laughingly said to me that he needed to further inspect the box. And I didn’t even know that those people had a sense of humor!

Gluten-Free Food Trucks | Triumph Dining

50941a31-7c78-4921-87ef-042446204482By all accounts, Food Trucks became even more popular in 2013 than they did in 2012. For people who live gluten-free, this is a fabulous thing. If you live in cities served by Food Trucks you have some tasty, safe options that you might not have previously considered.

In New York, The Squeeze Truck (@TheSqueezeTruck) provides choices such as moc n’ cheese, a sprouted quinoa pasta with raw cashew cheddar cheese, and an open faced meatloaf sandwich.

Another New York option is The Taim Mobile (@TaimMobile) for filling Middle-Eastern lunch options, with their falafel as the star. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Skincare Products | Triumph Dining

images (3)Skin hypersensitivity is just one of the side effects of a gluten intolerance or allergy. Fortunately it’s getting easier to find gluten-free skincare products. Manufacturers are now calling out their products as gluten-free and retail consolidators often have information about which of the products they carry are gluten-free. (Thank you Sephora!)

Doing some research on chemical ingredient names of soy and gluten made us realize how many skincare products contain hidden soy and gluten derivatives. Click to continue reading »

Gluten Free Gift Idea: Kitchen Scale | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

TimerScale_Jacob_JensenGluten-free bakers often find themselves weighing ingredients. It seems to be even more important in gluten-free baking than it is in traditional baking with wheat products.

The kitchen scale is a workhorse for many serious cooks and frankly, when one assumes a gluten-free lifestyle, they are forced into more serious cooking than they may have planned. Click to continue reading »

Holiday Gift Idea: Restaurant Gift Cards | Triumph Dining Holiday Week

Triumph Dining Holiday WeekTake the stress out of choosing which celiac-friendly restaurant your friend / family member / co-worker should eat at by giving them a meal at a place they can dine worry-free.

The Triumph Dining Essential Restaurant Guide, now in its 6th edition, has ideas upon ideas. Click to continue reading »

Home for the Holidays | Triumph Dining

homefortheholidaysYou may be the adult child heading “home” to visit your family for the holidays, either with or without your own family. You may be the host family, the ones who will soon find your extra rooms filled with out-of-town guests. Either or both of you may be gluten-free.

Many people prefer to stay in hotels when they travel, even when they visit family. But in many cultures this is taboo. And so the beds and couches and floor space get additional use.

Here are a few tips for surviving, even thriving. If you’re the host:  Click to continue reading »

The Business Trip | Triumph Dining

business travel postI’m on a plane as I type and considering the woman next to me, baby on her lap. A diaper bag is at her feet and she is working hard to keep the baby from bothering me. The woman is holding a cup of Cheerios and feeding them to the child one at a time. It’s rather sweet.

This scene makes me think that a celiac packing for a business trip isn’t much different than a parent packing for a trip with a child. Where will I pick up goldfish in LA for a parent is where do I pick up Udi’s crackers for a celiac? Where will I be able to go out to dinner Click to continue reading »

My Twins First Christmas

My-Twins-First-Christmas-e1353621448127Hats off to Jackie Singer, who has published her first book, My Twins First Christmas

This children’s book is part of the My Friend Paris series, conceived by the daughter of Triumph Dining owners Dave and Leslie Morris. In this next adventure for Paris and her twin sisters, she teaches them about all of the holiday activities surrounding Christmas, as well as a little bit about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

84 Signs You Have Celiac Disease | Triumph Dining

Have you seen this great infographic? We came across it via GlutenDude and MindBodyGreen.

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